The Dharma Life Sciences neuroscience concepts adopted by MindPaz Group integrate the following three important principles:
Mental health issues are created by acquiring maladaptive personality traits through a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. A maladaptive trait hinders various aspects of the client’s life. Examples of maladaptive traits include sensitivity, perfectionism, obsession and nervousness. When there are no interventions applied to take care of the maladaptive traits, they can manifest themselves as mental disorders over time.
Individuals can acquire maladaptive traits in the same way skills are acquired: through repetitions of observations, thoughts and actions. A maladaptive trait occurs when one type of repetition is more frequent than the opposing repetition thereby creating a specific bias in how the individual processes stimuli. The number and strength of the repetitions influence the strength of the bias and therefore the severity of the maladaptive trait. From a neuroscience perspective, neural connections associated with the maladaptive trait are stronger than the reverse neural connections associated. To balance this bias, one must improve the strength of the reverse neural connections associated with the maladaptive trait. MindPaz provides an opportunity for the reverse learning process that was missed while growing up; through a simulated, accelerated learning environment.
Change the level of required hormones and neurotransmitters for a trait thereby modifying the strength of neural connections.
Change the strength of the neural connections associated with a trait through repetition of simulated situations.
Increase the strength of neural connections by modifying existing memories of past events.
Increase the strength of neural connections by creating new memories associated with actions done in the real world.
Neuroscience based software tools simplify the individuals ability to implement the large number of repetitions through the use of a mobile app.
In summary, too many repetitions create maladaptive wirings in the brain when the individual is young. As the individual becomes an adult, these wirings are retained, causing maladaptive behaviors which affect all aspects of the individual’s life. Psychodynamic therapies focus on identifying and understanding the cause of the maladaptive behaviors and CBT focusses on modifying these behaviors. Neuroscience allows us to work on modifying the maladaptive wiring, which will bring the behaviors to a balanced state. Rather than simply focusing on understanding the cause, neuroscience concepts help identify and rectify the maladaptive neural wiring to solve the mental health issues.